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Old 10-08-2006, 05:58 PM   #1
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Default Kwame Brown Is Most Likely Going To Be The Starting Center.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/basket...ck=1&cset=true


LAKERS REPORT


It's Better for Brown This Time


By Mike Bresnahan


Times Staff Writer


October 8, 2006


Kwame Brown smiles.

"Yes," he says after exhaling, he is definitely feeling more relaxed these days.

He was trying to do everything in a hurry a year ago, moving at a painfully blurry speed whenever the ball came his way in the post. If he actually managed to secure the ball instead of fumbling it a 50-50 proposition at times he would begin his post moves awkwardly and rapidly, often ending with an off-balance shot.

He has now been handed the title of the Lakers' starting center, one he hopes not to drop. He says he has changed, calling the difference from a year ago "like night and day."

"Just not thinking as much, not as anxious," he said. "You can't do nothing without the rock. I'm just basically trying to slow down. I'm not as wide-eyed as I was last year."

Brown would have been an important key to a successful season before it became apparent Chris Mihm would not be ready for the start of training camp. Now, many eyes will be on Brown, who delivered in Mihm's absence toward the end of last season and will be expected to do so even more this season.

Brown averaged 13.6 points and 9.2 rebounds in the team's final 13 regular-season games, following it up with a slightly less exemplary 12.9-point, 6.6-rebound average in the playoffs.

A day after last season ended, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak challenged Brown by saying, "My understanding is that he has not put as much time into his game during the off-season as he should."

So Brown became a fairly frequent visitor to the team training facility, although he wished he could have done more.

"I understand that he wanted to see us in here, but there were no guys in there playing," Brown said. "That's the one thing I wish that we could change. If you want us to be here, try and get some games going because there's not a lot of games going here. You can work out, you can do all the shots and skill work, and you're still behind the eight-ball because there's no playing."

Now in his sixth season, Brown can't afford to fall behind if he is going to be a meaningful post presence for an entire season.

"You can tell that he's much more relaxed out there," Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis said. "He has a better understanding of what we want to do. We just need him to keep growing as a ball player. Part of his job is to make sure that he controls the lane for us defends, rebounds and starts expanding his offense."

As for his hands?

"He's doing a good job of catching the ball," Rambis said. "To be honest with you, I don't think that I've noticed him dropping the ball in training camp, which is good, considering that most of this is a hack-fest out there. You've got grabbing and holding and they're smacking and slapping."


Guard Aaron McKie practiced Saturday after sitting out part of Friday's practice because of a sore back.


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Old 10-08-2006, 06:03 PM   #2
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He did great on defense all year.

Hopefully he can be a top 5 center this year.
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Old 10-08-2006, 06:18 PM   #3
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With Brown I really don't care if he plays great all year round just that he plays good D' and in the second half he comes out strong and gets his 13.6 points and 9.2 rebounds or better and is ready for the play-off. But It's would be great if he does do it all year. Which he can, but it's cool we got Milm and Bynum, waiting to come in at anytime. I can't wait to watch these guys fight for the starting center position. We have three young great centers.
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Old 10-08-2006, 06:31 PM   #4
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I think Mihm is solid. But we have to see him play after that injury.

We certainly dont wanna trade away what COULD POSSIBLY be our only low post threat.
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Old 10-08-2006, 07:07 PM   #5
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He did great on defense all year.

Hopefully he can be a top 5 center this year.
definitely can't b that good if guys like dunc n bosh, n howard n amare can b considered centers.... but if u only consider yao, snaq, n big ben w/ a few others as centers, then I guess he could b top 5.
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Old 10-08-2006, 07:12 PM   #6
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well kwame is supposedly a PF too.

duncan plays more outside though...just a little.

Amare is a PF but might be a center jst because the team lacks that.
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Old 10-09-2006, 12:49 AM   #7
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Kwame was in a bad situation in Washington, which is still not very good. Kwame didn't improve one bit in his years there. Brendan Haywood is still the same guy he was when he played for UNC. The coaching staff there is terrible at developing big men.

The Lakers coaching staff are actually working with him and he's willing to put in the time to improve. 14 and 9 would be a really good year for an NBA center these days. That's a good target for him. Add in his defense and we have a pretty good center on our roster.
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Old 10-09-2006, 04:58 AM   #8
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Kwame was in a bad situation in Washington, which is still not very good. Kwame didn't improve one bit in his years there. Brendan Haywood is still the same guy he was when he played for UNC. The coaching staff there is terrible at developing big men.


I remember you mentioned this point in another thread months ago and I absolutely agree...that is a huge factor that played into Kwame's development.

And when Kwame came here he mentioned "I learned things that they never told me in washington" (a big diss to WA but true)
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Old 10-09-2006, 06:55 AM   #9
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Brown averaged 13.6 points and 9.2 rebounds in the team's final 13 regular-season games, following it up with a slightly less exemplary 12.9-point, 6.6-rebound average in the playoffs.

That particular paragraph says it all on why my boy Kwame Brizzown should start. Kwame still only 24 years old w/a positive new outlook @ center should average better numbers this year interms of scoring & rebounding, now about the issue w/his small hands is just not the case it's really more the lack of concentration on his part. Though Kwame's stats have improved somewhat cutting down on his T/O's (100 in 05/06) fewest amongst starters LOL in (72 games), also averaging (1.39) w/ ( 27 minutes) per game avrg and his Asst/T/o ratio being @ (0.7). Kwame Brizzown Rocks

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